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Road to the IEM Katowice Major: Everything you need to know before the main event

Time: 2019-01-02 07:00 (UTC)

The 14th Valve Major cycle has commenced, and another monumental tournament series is on the horizon for CS:GO esports.

The IEM Katowice Major will be the first $1 million Major of 2019, and it’ll also be the first Major in Katowice, Poland since 2015. With 24 spots up for grabs, teams from around the world will be fighting for a place at the main event, where each player will be given their own in-game stickers as a reward for their historic journey from the online qualifiers to the Minor championships, to the ESL Arena (the New Challengers stage), to the International Congress Centre (the New Legends stage), and finally to the Spodek Arena (the New Champions stage). 

Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming IEM Katowice Major.

The 2019 IEM Katowice Major — Feb. 14 to March 3

Legends Challengers Minor Challengers
Astralis Ninjas in Pyjamas TBD via Asia Minor
Natus Vincere Fnatic TBD via Asia Minor
MIBR G2 Esports TBD via CIS Minor
Team Liquid Cloud9 TBD via CIS Minor
BIG Vega Squadron TBD via Americas Minor
compLexity Gaming TyLoo TBD via Americas Minor
HellRaisers TBD via Europe Minor
FaZe Clan TBD via Europe Minor
TBD via third place 
TBD via third place

The Major Stages

The New Challengers Stage Feb. 14 to 17 Format TBD
The New Legends Stage Feb. 21 to 24 Format TBD
The New Champions Stage Feb. 28 to March 4 Single-elimination best-of-three bracket

The CIS and Europe Minor Championships — Jan. 16 to 20

CIS Europe
Team Spirit Mousesports
Winstrike Windigo Gaming
Nemiga Gaming OpTic Gaming
pro100 Space Soldiers
Gambit Esports ENCE Esports
Syman Gaming Team Vitality
UnderPressure Valiance
  • Notable CIS teams eliminated: forZe, Monolith Gaming
  • Notable European teams eliminated: Heroic, Team Kinguin, Virtus Pro, Team LDLC

The Asia and Americas Minor Championships — Jan. 22 to 26

Asia Americas
Renegades (Oceania) INTZ Esports (SA)
Grayhound Gaming (Oceania) Imperial Esports (SA)
ViCi Gaming (China) NRG Esports (NA)
CyberZen (China) Team Envy (NA)
MVP PK (East Asia) eUnited (NA)
GOSU (East Asia) Team One (NA)
Beyond Esports (Southeast Asia) Bravado Gaming (NA)
exDT (Middle East) Furia Esports (NA)
  • Notable Asian teams eliminated:
  • Notable American teams eliminated: Swole Patrol, Ghost Gaming, Old Guys Club, Luminosity Gaming, Mythic

This article will be updated as more teams qualify for the IEM Katowice Major and as more info is made available by ESL. 

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